SEC Championship Game predictions: Experts pick Georgia-LSU score

Defending national champion Georgia will play LSU in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday (3 p.m., CBS) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The top-ranked Bulldogs (12-0, 8-0 SEC) won the SEC East, while LSU (9-3, 6-2) was a surprise winner in the West. The Tigers were ranked fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings and in the playoff hunt before losing to Texas A&M last weekend.

Here are championship game predictions from experts who cover the SEC for the USA TODAY Sports Network:

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Emily Adams, The Greenville News: Georgia 38, LSU 14

The Bulldogs are more talented in nearly every matchup with the Tigers and won't hold anything back after last year's SEC title loss. This is just a pit stop on Georgia's journey back to the national championship.

Ryan Black, Courier Journal: Georgia 34, LSU 10

Just like last season, Georgia enters this game 12-0. Unlike last season, the Bulldogs will leave 13-0 as they’re determined to capture their first SEC title since 2017 and begin to blot out one of the few blemishes on coach Kirby Smart’s otherwise sterling resume: a 1-3 mark in the SEC Championship Game, with his team losing its last three appearances.

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Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun: Georgia 31, LSU 21

LSU will get off to a quick start, but eventually, Georgia's defense will clamp down and allow the Bulldogs to rally in the second half and win before a partisan crowd in Atlanta. Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV will step up in a big game as he has throughout his Georgia career.

David Eckert, The Clarion Ledger: Georgia 31, LSU 17

Georgia has the more talented players and a roster comfortable with games of this magnitude. LSU is good enough to keep it close for a while, but the Bulldogs will roll.

LSU coach Brian Kelly reacts to a play against Mississippi during the first half at Tiger Stadium.
LSU coach Brian Kelly reacts to a play against Mississippi during the first half at Tiger Stadium.

Aria Gerson, Tennessean: Georgia 35, LSU 21

The Bulldogs aren’t flashy but have had a quiet dominance all season with a knack for finding a way to win games. LSU is too mistake-prone to take advantage of the unquestioned No. 1 team.

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Georgia 30, LSU 17

The Tigers have put together a commendable first year under coach Brian Kelly. Winning the SEC will prove much more difficult than winning the SEC West, though.

Stefan Krajisnik, Clarion Ledger: Georgia 38, LSU 13

Georgia hasn't had a championship hangover because it's hungry to win an SEC title. The Bulldogs will get it done with ease against an inspiring but flawed LSU team.

Christina Long, Southwest Times Record: Georgia 31, LSU 24

Georgia’s defense has allowed just 11 points per game, and it’s done it to offenses on par with LSU’s. When the Tigers have faced even moderately good defenses, they’ve struggled to score.

Koki Riley, The Daily Advertiser: Georgia 35, LSU 13

Georgia's depth and athleticism should overwhelm LSU. The Bulldogs are what Brian Kelly's Tigers want to be in two or three years.

Richard Silva, The Montgomery Advertiser: Georgia 38, LSU 21

Not only do the Bulldogs have the more talented roster, they've been in big games like this before. LSU may be able to keep it close in the first half, but Georgia should separate itself by the time this game is over.

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Georgia 38, LSU 17

The Bulldogs have risen to the occasion in select games this season (see Oregon, Tennessee), and they will for this one. Georgia’s physicality will turn a close game into a runaway win.

Matt Stahl, Columbia Daily Tribune: Georgia 35, LSU 33

Brian Kelly and the Tigers are going to put themselves in position to win the game. Unfortunately for LSU, Georgia is inevitable this season.

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Georgia 38, LSU 20

Georgia can name the final score in this game, because the SEC West is a paper tiger this season, and that will be revealed in Atlanta. Fortunately for LSU, Kirby Smart won’t care about making this too lopsided.

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia 33, LSU 13

Georgia is sitting pretty for a playoff spot, but wants first SEC title since 2017. The Bulldogs are the more complete team and should wear down Tigers.

Nov 5, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart (red visor) reacts as time runs out during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart (red visor) reacts as time runs out during the game against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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